NFL sportscaster Pat Summerall has passed away at the age of 82 at Dallas' Zale Lipshy hospital as he was recovering from surgery to repair his broken hip.
Summerall was formerly a star kicker, and during his career with the NFL was signed to the Lions, Giants and Cardinals. In 1989, Summerall was admitted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.
He has called a total of 16 Super Bowls, and had a broadcasting career that spanned 40 years. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell commented on Summerall’s unfortunate death, saying that his "voice was treasured by millions of NFL fans for more than four decades," and that he "always represented the essence of class and friendship."
Summerall was also the voice behind many of the early Madden video games and broadcasted alongside John Madden for 21 seasons.
His longtime partner in the booth John Madden called Summerall “one of the card-carrying good guys,” and that his death is “a damn shock.”
Madden went on to say, “You know in TV some of these guys have all the numbers and stats and notes? Pat would come to a broadcast with nothing. It was all in his head. He didn’t have anything. Could you see another play-by-play guy today doing that?”
“He had that thing of, in one sentence he could say what would take others two or three paragraphs to say. He’d hit it right on the head. That was why he was so great to work with.”
Here’s a video of the duo breaking down the player’s personalities during the Cowboys and Dolphins game:
R.I.P Patt Summerall.
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